I saw this film for the first time ever just a few weeks ago and I regret not seeing it before. How I got the idea to see the film is funny. I got the idea from Aiyyaa. In Aiyyaa, Rani’s character dreamt of herself in different iconic Bollywood songs. One of the songs was Gazab Ka Hain Din, a song picturized on Juhi from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. When I saw that, I decided that I have to see this film.
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak is a beautiful, evergreen movie made in 1988 and it’s the debut of two huge stars—Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla.
It’s great to see such a young Aamir and Juhi. They have rosy, rosy cheeks, they are that young! They are so cute! Now I know how Aamir became girls’ heartthrob overnight. If I had seen this film when it came out and if I was old enough, I’m sure I would have been one of the girls crazy about Aamir, although this is not the most handsome Aamir in my opinion. The most handsome Aamir is the slightly older one in Andaz Apna Apna. Juhi is also gorgeous. She has such an innocent beauty, no wonder this girl took the industry by storm during those years. She worked with the biggest stars.
This film is an example of perfect casting. A better jodi could not have been found, and Aamir and Juhi could not have found a better way to debut.
Some reviews of the film that I had read before, mentioned this film as another Romeo & Juliet story. It’s true. It’s about the love of a boy and girl who belong to rival families who hate one another. The ending is also the same. But it’s Juhi and Aamir who make this story different. It’s their performance that sets this film apart. So I hope that you will not think of this film as another Romeo & Juliet.
The surprising part about this film is that as traditional as one would expect this film to be, it’s actually more open-minded than many of the films that were made around the same time and after. There is a kiss scene in it! Today, it’s no big deal if actors kiss on screen, even from their first film. But I’m sure thirty years ago, it was a much bigger deal.
In terms of performance, I think Juhi did better than Aamir. I could not even tell that this was Juhi’s first performance. She was definitely born an actor! Aamir on the other hand was more amateur, especially in the first part of the film. But his amateurism gave the film a different charm. The other interesting part is that the Aamir in his first film is not much different from the actor Aamir today. His expressions, his way of speaking remains the same.
I love the scene where Rashmi sees Raj for the first time, while taking pictures of a sunset. Raj appears in front of the sunset, jogging towards her. The scene and the music is so 80s!
The music is definitely just as everlasting as the film. I love Papa Kehte Hain. I had heard this song before I watched this film, because it was in Hum Saath Saath Hain. Saif Ali Khan had done a bit on it during the family event celebrating the parent’s anniversary. Of course, seeing the original song was also fun. I think this song was a huge hit in those years, and so was Gazab Ka Hai Din. The music made in those years were something else. They have repeat quality. You can listen to the songs thirty years later and still enjoy it as much. How many of today’s songs can we say this for?
There was also a different theme in those years— people got married much younger. If such young debutants were shown getting married in a film today, people would criticize it to death and make fun of it. But in those years, it was normal and totally acceptable. I couldn’t help but feel uneasy seeing such a young boy and girl being considered of marriageable age in this film. But those were the times.
In those years, in cinema, people were shown differently. Lovers married young, men and women weren’t afraid of commitment. Lovers easily gave up their families to be with the person they love. They stuck by their love no matter what, they were courageous. Now if we were to see such a storyline, it would seem unrealistic because people don’t do that anymore. Did people really live like this then, in real life? Does anyone live like this now? I have no idea. But if cinema is at all a reflection of society and if we look at the recent trends in storylines, probably not. Maybe people believed in love more thirty years ago than they do now.
All I know is that there is some kind of magic in the way Rashmi in this film loves and believes in her love with such conviction. She never doubts her love or the person she loves. And her lover, Raj, doesn’t disappoint her. He returns her love and is willing to take the difficult steps to be with her. This is what happens in great love stories—faith and trust that never fails. There isn’t disappointment in great love stories, like there is in real life. And lovers are willing to die, but they’re never willing to be separated.
Maybe it’s the fault of films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak that we expected so much out of love and loved ones. But for some reason, I still want to believe in it! That’s what’s so great about everlasting romantic films—whether it’s Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Dilwale Dulhaniye Le Jayenge or Hum Aapka Hain Koun. Even though we now it’s not very realistic, we don’t lose our faith and hope on love. These films keep us hoping and dreaming that one day, maybe one day, it will also happen to us. I guess this is the one thing that humans never lose hope on—love! And this is why good films on love become iconic and make us want to watch them over and over again.